Pantone Releases a NYFW Spring/Summer 2022 Color Trend Report That Evokes Optimism and Comfort

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The arbiters of all things color, the Pantone Color Institute, have just released their latest color guide in the form of a New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 color trend report. The report presents a roundup of ten stand-out colors and five classic mainstays as seen on the NYFW runway that will surely pop off throughout the fashion and design worlds.

The top ten principal colors include an array of bright, relentlessly fun, and upbeat hues, serving as a much-needed antidote to the drudgery of COVID-19. The electric cranberry pink of ”Innuendo,” the golden yellow of “Daffodil,” and the daring, bright red of “Poinciana” all contribute to an energetic jewel-toned palette that reflects optimism and a playful spirit that we so desperately need in light of the pandemic.

“Free-spirited optimism, and a feeling of new liberation, are unleashed in dynamic, stand-out shades, quenching our desire for spontaneity, uplift, and joy,” reads Pantone’s press release.

Meanwhile, the five classic core colors featured in the trend report are a soothing assortment of airy neutrals, such as a light grey called “Northern Droplet” and an eye-pleasing pale green called “Basil.” The core colors compliment the stand-outs with a timeless sense of calm and clarity, “blending comfort and familiarity with unexpected delight.”

“Colors for Spring 2022 bring together our competing desires for comforting familiarity and joyful adventure through a range of soothing and timeless colors, along with joyous hues that celebrate playfulness. As we enter this new landscape, one where fashion rules no longer apply, hues for Spring 2022 allow us to mix and marry as we please, encouraging the exploration of new chromatic realities, opening the door for personalized style and spontaneous color statements,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute, in the same press release.

As we look forward to our lives and wardrobes outside of COVID-19, Pantone has given us the green light to skew spunky and joyous with a dash of serenity.